How To Write The Date In Norwegian

Here’s a guide on how to write the date in Norwegian for all your check-writing, schedule-making and confusion-avoiding needs.
December 21, 2018
How To Write The Date In Norwegian


There are so very many reasons you might need to know how to talk about dates when you’re in Norway. You might need it when you’re scheduling your trip, or figuring out which days of the week the market is open, or trying to orient yourself with your jet lag (how is it next Tuesday already?). And if you ever want to make plans with someone in Norway, it will definitely come in handy to know which day of the week is which. With that in mind, we made this guide so you can learn how to write the date in Norwegian.

Days Of The Week In Norwegian

Note: Like many European countries, Norway considers Monday, not Sunday, the first day of the week.

Monday — mandag

Tuesday — tirsdag

Wednesday — onsdag

Thursday — torsdag

Friday — fredag

Saturday — lørdag

Sunday — søndag

Months Of The Year In Norwegian

January — januar

February — februar

March — mars

April — april

May — mai

June — juni

July — juli

August — august

September — september

October — oktober

November — november

December — desember

Putting It All Together

There are a few different ways to write the date in Norwegian. No matter what, you’ll probably want to learn the numbers in Norwegian. Fortunately, when you’re only writing the date down, you can get away with just using numerals.

The first method of writing the date involves only numerals. The basic format is DD.MM.YYYY, so November 18, 2003 would be styled 18.11.2003. This is basically the same as the English way to do it, but just remember that most other countries put the day before the month. You may also run into YYYY-MM-DD, which is used in some official documents, but is not very popular in other contexts.

If you want to write the date out fully, the format is [day of the week] DD. [month] YYYY. So Tuesday, November 18, 2003 would be tirsdag 18. november 2003. You can also shorten the months to the first three letters — jan., feb., mar., etc. — in certain cases. Saying the date aloud is also pretty straightforward, except you have to say the day of the month as an ordinal (like first instead of one). Thus, the date would be tirsday, attende november, to tusen tre. This will also require a bit more studying to master, but once you do it’ll be a huge help. With that, you should be ready to write the date in Norwegian!

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Thomas Moore Devlin
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.

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